About Us

Founded in 2001, ETF.com is the world's leading authority on exchange-traded funds. ETF.com delivers clear, independent and authoritative education and analysis about ETFs online, in print and at its industry-leading events. The firm's marquee properties include its website (ETF.com), its print publications (ETF Report and ETF Report UK) and its conferences, highlighted by the largest ETF conferences in the world, Inside ETFs and Inside ETFs Europe.

Leadership

Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Hougan is the chief executive officer of ETF.com, the world's leading authority on exchange-traded funds. ETF.com delivers clear, independent and authoritative education and analysis about ETFs online, in print and at its industry-leading events.

As a thought leader in the ETF space, Hougan has established a widespread media footprint. He is a regular guest on CNBC, where anchor Bob Pisani refers to him as the "Master of All Things ETFs." He writes for the Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" series on Wealth Management, is a three-time member of the Barron's ETF Roundtable and is a featured ETF columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, CNBC.com and other outlets.

Prior to joining ETF.com in 2007, Hougan ran a strategic communications firm providing speechwriting services to Fortune 500 CEOs, U.S. and foreign government agencies, and select nonprofits. Earlier, he was the lead biotech analyst for Open Fund, the world's first transparent mutual fund. Hougan is a 1998 graduate of Bowdoin College.

Jim Wiandt

Jim Wiandt

Founder & Vice Chairman, President of Europe

Jim Wiandt is the founder, vice chairman and president of Europe for ETF.com.

He founded ETF.com in 2001 with a vision of creating the central hub for information and analysis on indexes, index funds and ETFs. That year, Wiandt acquired Indexes: The Journal of Index Issues from Dow Jones, and transformed the publication into a fully independent journal with broad support from the index industry. He made an early move into ETFs, purchasing the Exchange-Traded Funds Report (the longest-running ETF newsletter in the world) in 2003.

Wiandt subsequently joined forces with Steven Schoenfeld to work on Schoenfeld's landmark Wiley Finance book "Active Index Investing." The two later developed IndexUniverse.com as a broadly scoped, independent website focused on indexes and ETFs. Now with ETF.com, the company has since expanded into conferences, where it runs, among other events, the world's largest ETF conference (Inside ETFs).

Previously, Wiandt was publisher of IndexFunds.com. He is also the author of "Exchange Traded Funds," a book published by John Wiley & Sons in 2001. Wiandt has served as an editor and writer for Compton's Encyclopedia, and worked as a contract journalist in West Africa, after serving in the Peace Corps in Niger. He is a 1991 graduate of Tufts University.

David Lichtblau

David Lichtblau

Chief Operating Officer

David leads the product management, marketing, operations, and finance teams for ETF.com. Prior to ETF.com, David led the next-generation product line for portfolio managers and analysts at Thomson Reuters. David joined Thomson Reuters via the acquisition of StarMine, a startup that offered equity analytics and research tools for professional investors. As the first executive hire, David founded the product management, marketing, and media relations teams. Prior to StarMine, David co-founded Stanford Technology Group, the company that pioneered relational On-line Analytical Processing (OLAP) for data warehouses and was acquired by IBM. David earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Foster Wright

Foster Wright

EVP, Global Head of Sales

Foster joined ETF.com after five years with Asset International as the senior vice president and publisher, where he ran the company's global conferences, events and publications. Prior to Asset International, Foster spent close to a decade in Asia as the CEO and publisher of FinanceAsia Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong. He led a management buyout of FinanceAsia from the Thomson Corp. in 1998. As CEO, he launched AsianInvestor magazine and Asia's first daily updated capital markets website, FinanceAsia.com. In 2005, Foster and his partners completed the successful sale of FinanceAsia to Haymarket Ltd., the largest privately held publishing company in the U.K. Prior to that, he worked for Euromoney PLC in London, New York and Hong Kong. Foster graduated from Colgate University, where he was the co-captain of the Patriot League Champion Men's soccer team.

Meet the Editors

Drew Voros

Drew Voros

Editor-in-Chief

Drew Voros is the editor-in chief for ETF.com, where he supervises the full suite of U.S. publications, newsletters and websites, including ETF.com, ETF Report and HardAssetsInvestor.com. He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, including serving as the longtime business editor for the Oakland Tribune and sister papers of the Bay Area News Group, as well as covering public entertainment companies for Hollywood trade papers Daily Variety and Variety. Drew also served as managing editor for HardAssetsInvestor.com prior to his appointment as U.S. editor-in-chief for ETF.com. Drew is a 1986 graduate of the University of Southern California.

Olivier Ludwig

Olivier "Olly" Ludwig

Managing Editor

With almost 20 years of experience as a journalist, and most recently, a stint in the brokerage business, Olivier is now a member of the ETF.com team. Previously, he was a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and an editor at Bloomberg News, covering the fund industry from Boston. Before that, Olivier was a journalist at the Reuters News Agency in New York, serving as a copy editor and reporter, covering stocks, energy and the U.S. Treasurys market. A native Californian, a French speaker and a trained cook, he is a graduate of the City University of New York, where he majored in economic history.

 

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